The Lichen House nestles within the fog and oaks in the hills above California’s Sonoma Valley. The free-ranging branches of the site’s mature live and coastal oak trees support veils of draping Ramalina Lichen that filter sunlight, capture moisture and nutrients for their hosts, and remove pollutants from the air through photosynthesis.
Schwartz and Architecture
Schwartz and Architecture is an award-winning architecture and interior design studio founded by Principal, Neal J. Z. Schwartz, AIA. The studio is based in San Francisco, California. SaA fosters a critical practice through built work. While some projects remain speculative, our focus is always on the promise of the constructed artifact as the most potent test of the full complexity of architecture. This focus on building requires us to be equally creative and strategic, drawing into our sphere of responsibility both more abstract explorations of movement, light, and space, as well as tangible forces that define architectural production today.
This Los Gatos modern home, which also involved extensive remodeling of the existing modern residence located high above Silicon Valley, was inspired by dominant images and textures from the site: boulders, bark, and leaves.
Located in Sonoma Valley, California, Box on the Rock is a 2,000 sq ft private residence designed in 2015 by Schwartz and Architecture. With an economy of means, this simple form morphs to amplify the experience of the dramatic site and create an expansive feeling home that belies its small footprint. From the architect: The constricted […]
Schwartz and Architecture have recently finished 29th Street Residence, a single-family house in San Francisco. Project description: It is often difficult to create a sense of openness and continuity in multi-level urban homes. By allowing the staircases of this three-story structure the freedom to shift location on each level – defining a continuous flow of […]